Law & Order: Season 5 (1994 - 1995)

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Air date: Sep 21, 1994

Sam Waterston joins the cast as Executive Assistant D.A. Jack McCoy in Law & Order's fifth-season opener. The case at hand is a "revolutionary" breast-cancer treatment that may have caused a woman's death. The D.A.'s office pursues the woman doctor who developed the treatment -- and who may very well be the "quack" that her colleagues have claimed her to be. In his pursuit of the accused, Jack McCoy demonstrates early on that his zeal for justice does not always adhere to the letter of the law.

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Air date: Sep 28, 1994

Larry Miller guest stars as Michael Dobson, an abusive comedy-club owner suspected of shooting his wife. According to the D.A.'s office, the victim was poised to get a divorce, something that Dobson could not tolerate. As the woman lies comatose, the lawyers must determine exactly what charges will be levied against the contemptible Dobson. Without revealing the outcome of the story, it can be noted that the sixth-season Law & Order episode "Encore" could be called a sequel.

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Air date: Oct 5, 1994

While visiting New York, a Japanese nightclub owner is murdered. The detectives follow the trail of clues to a singer who once worked for the victim. The Defense tries to free the woman using the "battered woman syndrome" argument -- a strategy disdainfully dismissed by Assistant D.A. McCoy (Sam Waterston) as "revenge dressed up in smoke and mirrors."

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Air date: Oct 12, 1994

At first, it appears that a wealthy woman's death was the result of suicide. But as the detectives and the lawyers dig deeper, it becomes obvious that the woman was murdered. This time the suspects include the dead woman's teenaged daughter and the victim's husband -- or, in this case, husbands. Prominent among the supporting cast are such powerhouse performers as Sarah Paulson and Victor Raider-Wexler.

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Air date: Oct 19, 1994

This episode was clearly inspired by the 1993 arrest of Vietnam-era activist Katherine Anne Power. While pursuing a routine robbery investigation, detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Logan (Chris Noth) follow the trail of clues to 1960s war protester Susan Forrest (Mary-Joan Negro), who has been in hiding ever since participating in a 1971 burglary in which a policeman was killed. As the dead man's widow (Marilyn Chris) presses for full retribution, Forrest enlists the services of none other than "Chicago Seven" defense lawyer William M. Kunstler -- played by Kunstler himself.

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Air date: Nov 2, 1994

The focus in this episode is on Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), the boss of detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Logan (Chris Noth). During an attempted holdup, Van Buren shoots and kills one of her teenaged assailants. Already racked with guilt, Van Buren must also endure the ordeal of an investigation from the D.A.'s office when evidence indicates that she might have shot an unarmed youth in the back.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1994

A young married couple, Eileen and Marty Willick (Kevin O'Rourke, Julie Boyd), tell the police that their baby has been kidnapped. As detective Logan (Chris Noth) pursues the investigation, he begins to suspect that someone (the parents, perhaps?) murdered the missing child. The case veers off into a wholly unexpected direction with the introduction of a seriously ill serial killer.

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Air date: Nov 23, 1994

A midtown auto accident leaves two people dead. The subsequent investigation reveals that one of the "victims," a woman, was placed in the driver's seat after the accident -- and that she was raped before she died. Ultimately, city councilman Spencer Talbot (Anthony Heald) is charged with the crime. He manages to beat the rap, but tireless Assistant D.A. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) has another ace -- and another charge -- up his sleeve. This episode represents a reunion between former I'll Fly Away co-stars Sam Waterston and Regina Taylor.

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Air date: Nov 30, 1994

There is no shortage of suspects when a high-profile lawyer is murdered. Among the likeliest "candidates" are Willard Tappan (Michael Zaslow), a crooked financier who specializes in fleecing wealthy women, and John Curren (Jonathan Hogan), the now-impoverished son of Tappan's most recent victim. Edie Falco of The Sopranos fame appears as defense attorney Sally Bell, who'd once been "serious" with Assistant D.A. McCoy (Sam Waterston).

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Air date: Jan 4, 1995

Ron Leibman and Jessica Walter, husband and wife in real life, play a married couple in this episode. A man who served as a juror in a mob trial is found murdered. When the chief suspect is brought to trial, Assistant D.A. Sam McCoy finds himself locked in a volatile courtroom battle with a longtime friend, defense attorney Mark Paul Kopell (Leibman).

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NBC's long-running procedural drama resumes its ongoing chronicles of the NYPD detectives who investigate homicides, and the District Attorney staff that prosecutes them, in this fifth series of "Law & Order." Returning characters include Det. Logan (Chris Noth), DA Adam Schiff (Steven Hill), Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), detective supervisor Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) and ADA Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy), while heavyweight Sam Waterston makes his series debut as Executive ADA Jack McCoy. Stories this series include: the owner of a stand-up (Larry Miller) and his possible implication in uxoricide, the complications that arise in Van Buren's life when she shoots a child in the back, a case where a drug addicted young woman winds up dead on the lawn of a day care center, a bombing at a construction site that leaves a 12-year-old child dead, and much more.

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